State Record Fish

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Missouri has a long, proud tradition of fishing, and its abundant lakes and streams have produced exceptional fish. MDC has developed the State Record Fish Program to acknowledge and honor anglers who have caught the largest recorded fish from a list of recognized species found in Missouri waters.

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  1. To qualify, the applicant’s fish must:
    • be captured by legal methods from Missouri waters,
    • be a species included on the Missouri State Record Fish list.
    • meet or exceed the current record.
  2. New open records must meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum weight for that species to be considered.
  3. Anglers may be recognized in two different categories: “pole and line” or “alternative methods” (this includes trotlines, throwlines, limblines, banklines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, bow, crossbow or atlatl).
  4. Fish must be weighed on a certified scale in the presence of an employee of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
  5. The entry must be examined and identified by a Department of Conservation Fisheries Biologist or Conservation Agent familiar with the genus. If these persons cannot identify the species with certainty, they must seek the assistance of a designated fish identification expert. Call (573) 522-4115 ext. 3501 for assistance in finding and contacting the nearest identification expert.
  6. Genetic testing will be performed by the Missouri Department of Conservation when necessary for positive identification at no cost to the applicant. Potential record fish may be frozen, but should not be mounted or consumed prior to receipt of a letter confirming the record.
  7. A color photo of the fish is required.
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Alternative Method: Bow: Sunfish: Redear

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Andrew Hunt holding redear sunfish while standing in front of a fishing boat.
Weight
lbs.
2 lbs.
oz.
2 oz.
Lake or Stream
Lake Taneycomo
Date
06/04/2022
Angler
Andrew Hunt
Hometown
Hollister, MO

Alternative Method: Trotline: Walleye

Classifications
Recognized before the requirement to meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum was instituted.
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Tim Stilling in black ball cap and sunglasses, with outstretched arms, holds walleye.
Weight
lbs.
7 lbs.
oz.
8 oz.
Lake or Stream
Sac River
Date
05/16/2022
Angler
Tim Stillings
Hometown
Morrisville, MO

Alternative Method: Snagging: Paddlefish

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Jim Dain holding paddlefish.
Weight
lbs.
140 lbs.
oz.
10 oz.
Lake or Stream
Lake of the Ozarks
Date
03/18/2022
Angler
Jim Dain
Hometown
Pittsfield, IL

Alternative Method: Bow: Quillback

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Josh Lawmaster holding quillback fish.
Weight
lbs.
8 lbs.
oz.
5 oz.
Lake or Stream
Table Rock Lake
Date
03/15/2022
Angler
Josh Lawmaster
Hometown
LaRussell, MO

Pole and line: Eel: American

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Carlin Allison holds his state record American eel
Weight
lbs.
6 lbs.
oz.
15 oz.
Lake or Stream
Current River
Date
07/26/2021
Angler
Carlin Allison
Hometown
Doniphan

Alternative Method: Bow: Carp: Bighead

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Matthew Neuling standing next to his bighead carp that is hanging from the ceiling.
Weight
lbs.
125 lbs.
oz.
5 oz.
Lake or Stream
Lake Perry
Date
07/24/2021
Angler
Matthew Neuling
Hometown
Perryville

Alternative Method: Throwline: Sunfish: Longear

Classifications
Recognized before the requirement to meet or exceed the Master Angler minimum was instituted.
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A smiling thirteen year old Robert Audrain IV holds his longear sunfish.
Weight
oz.
5 oz.
Lake or Stream
Private Pond-Franklin Co.
Date
07/03/2021
Angler
Robert Audrain IV
Hometown
St. Louis, MO

Pole and line: Carpsucker: River

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A smiling Steven Henson holding a river carpsucker.
Weight
lbs.
3 lbs.
oz.
14 oz.
Lake or Stream
Mississippi River
Date
06/01/2021
Angler
Steven Henson
Hometown
Bonne Terre, MO

Pole and line: Gar: Longnose

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Local fishing guide Cindy Dennison is holding longnose gar with angler Anthony Schnur Jr standing behind her.
Weight
lbs.
32 lbs.
oz.
10 oz.
Lake or Stream
Table Rock Lake
Date
04/07/2021
Angler
Anthony Schnur Jr.
Hometown
Pevely, Mo.

Alternative Method: Snagging: Sucker: White

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Harvey Smith holding white sucker with Conservation Agent Jeff Harris.
Weight
lbs.
6 lbs.
oz.
2 oz.
Lake or Stream
Roark Creek
Date
03/27/2021
Angler
Harvey Smith
Hometown
Sparta, Mo.